Use of Natural Light vs. Cold LED Lighting in Installations for the Recovery of Victims of Gender Violence: Impact on Energy Consumption and Victims’ Recovery
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AuthorAmorim, Raquel; López López, Juan Carlos; Molina Moreno, Valentín; Peña García, Antonio Manuel
Natural lightLEDEnergy savingsVisual ergonomicsNon-visual effects of lightVictims’ recovery
Amorim, R.; et al. Use of Natural Light vs. Cold LED Lighting in Installations for the Recovery of Victims of Gender Violence: Impact on Energy Consumption and Victims’ Recovery. Sustainability, 9(4): 562 (2017). [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/49124]
SponsorshipThis work was conducted under funding from CAPES (Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel—Brazil) which has granted scholarships Doctoral number BEX 0947/14-8.
The efficiency of lighting installations is a major challenge concerning Governments, productive sectors and individuals. However, the importance of accurate lighting in some areas, especially those related to Health and Wellbeing is so critical that the constraints of energy efficiency and sustainability are not always a priority. This situation has become more critical with the current boom in the application of non-visual effects of light to these areas. In this study, the effects oftwo different kinds of lighting on femalevictims of gender violence are compared and analyzed in terms of positive results and impact on energy consumption and sustainability. The lighting technologies used are integrated in facilities where these women carry out different activities aimed at their integration into daily life after their traumatic experiences. The results are expected to become a tool for professionals working with these collectives and for installation designers. In spite of the well-known effects of cold light, especially for tasks involving arousal, sleepiness and other critical variables, it is demonstrated that daylight, which is obviously cheaper from productive and environmental perspectives, is better for this application.